Stein Considering Options to Retain District Seat

In light of a controversial redistricting plan, State Sen. Kathy Stein, D-Lexington, is weighing several options after being drawn out of her district. The Democratic-controlled House approved new legislative maps Thursday, which originated in the Republican-controlled Senate and moves Stein’s downtown Lexington district to northeastern Kentucky, leaving her without a seat for two years. The […]

Beshear’s Highway Plan Stresses I-65 Widening, Bridges Project

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is touting his highway plan for the coming years. Beshear met with the Kentuckians for Better Transportation Conference in Lexington today to go over the details of his plan. The document calls for billions of dollars in expenditures on multi-year roadway projects across the commonwealth. Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says […]

Harmon Files Concealed Carry Bill

Former Republican lieutenant governor candidate and state Rep. Mike Harmon, R-Danville, has filed a bill allowing Kentucky residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit. The legislation would make the unlicensed carrying of a hidden deadly weapon legal and prohibit employers from having no-firearms policies that apply to buildings or parking areas. It also forbids […]

Yonts Says Tighter Prescription Controls Would Enhance His Anti-Meth Bill

The sponsor of a bill aimed at fighting meth in Kentucky says his proposal will be more effective if the state increases regulations around prescription drugs. Representative Brent Yonts has introduced a bill that requires anyone who has been convicted of a meth-related crime to have a prescription to buy cold medicines that contain the […]

Bill to Raise Dropout Age Passes House Committee

One of Governor Steve Beshear’s main priorities is once again making its way throughKentucky’s General Assembly. A bill sponsored by state Representative Jeff Greer would gradually raise the school dropout age from 16 to 18 by 2017. The bill has been received very well in the Democratic-controlled House in the past two session. But the state […]

Partisanship Likely to Grow After House Redistricting Fights

Last week’s redistricting battles may increase the partisanship in the Kentucky General Assembly. That’s what the Republican House Leader Jeff Hoover told his peers on the House floor after that chamber passed new district lines unfavorable to Republicans. Issues such as the budget and making the University of Pikeville a public institution are still on the […]

Lawmakers Push Program For Free Colon Cancer Screenings

A group of Kentucky lawmakers is once again trying to advance a bill that would provide free colon cancer screenings. Colon cancer is the third most prevalent and second most fatal type of cancer in the commonwealth. The bill would provide free colon cancer screenings to citizens who are fifty-five or older and uninsured. It […]

State Lawmakers Encouraged to Take Prescription-Only PSE Approach

Officials from outside of Kentucky are encouraging state lawmakers not to repeat their missteps in the fight against meth. At a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, officials from Oklahoma and Mississippi testified about how they’ve restricted the purchase of pseudoephedrine (PSE)—a common decongestant in cold medicines and an integral ingredient in meth. Mississippi […]

Barr Blasts House Redistricting Plan

Republican congressional candidate Andy Barr is criticizing Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, over the a redistricting plan that passed the lower chamber Tuesday. The GOP challenger is running against U.S. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., in a rematch from 2010, where the Lexington attorney lost by razor-thin margin of less than 700 votes. Barr says the […]

State House Approves Congressional Redistricting Map

The Kentucky House has approved a plan that would drastically alter the state’s current congressional districts. The plan passed 54-42, almost entirely along party lines. Only two Democrats—state Representative Ben Nelson and former House Speaker Jody Richards—voted against the new map. (Click here to see the plan.) The proposal would cut out the eastern edge […]